Title: "Jon's Halfiversary"
Story (out of 24 pages): 11 p.
Writer: J. M. Sweet and Jack Staten Monahew
Penciller: Ethan "Meat" Jackson
Letterer: Shane T. Eaton
Colorist: Theo A. "Jet" Swann
Jeanne is spending the morning at Jon's house playing video games. She takes this opportunity to remind him that tomorrow is their "halfiversary", and says she has bought Jon a gift to celebrate. She says she can't wait to see the look on his face when he opens it, and then that she can't wait to see what he got for her. Jon assures her it's something great...but the truth is, he hasn't bought her anything because he didn't know a six-month anniversary was such a big deal. Remembering, however, the trouble she has using the bathroom at the Sweet house, he decides to build Jeanne her own private downstairs toilet. He enlists Josh and Ben's help on the project; however, their efforts leave the room is in an utter shambles.
Meanwhile, Buddy recieves a news report that someone recently bought several unusual items, including every package of dried gravy in town. Concluding his old foe Dung Tung Wu is up to something, Buddy heads over to the restaurant where Wu works, but is captured in short order. Wu unvelils his new invention, The Flat-U-Lator--a grisly-looking machine consisting of a moving belt, gears, pulleys, and sawlike teeth. Wu says that dogs, attracted by the smell of delicious beef gravy produced by the device (the packets mentioned in the report), will come flocking to his kitchen. Once inside they will be dropped onto the conveyor belt and crushed into "a gooey paste", which will be served to hungry diners. Buddy must escape and disable the Flat-U-lator's before the meaty scent lures every dog across the tri-county area to their doom.
The plot is an homage to Disney's animated series Phineas and Ferb. The show deals with the summertime adventures of two inventive stepbrothers, their uptight older sister, the family pet, a platypus, who leads a double life as superspy Agent P, and his nemesis, a maniacal but incompetent evil doctor who schemes to rule the tri-state area. At the time of this story's production the popular hit was entering its third season. Jon=
The story uses many references to the show, such as its catchprases ("Aren't you a little young to be...?", "I know what we're going to do today!" "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!" Where's/Oh, there you are, Perry?", "What'cha do-ooo-in'?"), signature musical numbers, and bifurcated coverging plot structure. The regular players fills the role of each of the series' main cast.
Marcie = Candace Flynn
Buddy = Perry The Platypus
Dung Tung Wu = Dr. Doofenshmirtz
Angela (and Jeanne, to a degree) = Isabella Garcia-Shapiro
Tiffy = Stacy Hirano
Dom Brokejaw = Major Monogram
Brokejaw's nephew=Carl the Intern
This story takes place likely on or about Oct 19, as Jon and Jeanne have been dating for six months. According to the date given on Principal Stonehart's desk calendar in "Up the Demi-Jon Staircase", they officially became a couple on April 20th.
The game Jon and Jeanne are playing on page 1 looks to be modeled after SeaQuest, released in 1982 for the Atari 2600 gaming platform. However, though it's depicted in the story as a dual-player game, SeaQuest only had a single-player mode.
The Flat-U-lator looks strikingly like the machine from the Lil' Abner cartoon "Porkuliar Piggy". Also, fireworks being (perhaps unwisely) stored in a kitchen area is likely a reference to the 1937 Merrie Melodies short "Plenty of Money and You".
The song "Handicapable Lady", is performed in a Bob Dylan style, with Jon even dressed to look like Dylan. Also, the musical sequence parodies the style of The Archies at several points.
Some of the gags are very reminiscent of the Three Stooges' "A-Plumbing We Will Go" and "Vagabond Loafers", including someone trapped in a knot of leaking pipes.
On Jul 15, several storyboards containing deleted panels and scenes from this episode were made available for viewing.
Marcie: You know the rule: half a cushion's length between you at all times! And if you move one inch, you are so busted!
[MARCIE leaves; JON and JEANNE stare after her, amazed.]
Jeanne: Isn't your sister a little young to have such a huge stick up her butt?